Missouri distracted drivers: "leading cause of all traffic crashes"

The words from a Missouri Highway Patrol sergeant hit hard: "Distraction is the leading cause of all traffic crashes in the state of Missouri," he told a Joplin news outlet. Hopefully, his words will also serve to awaken people to the dangers of distracted driving.

Those motor vehicle accidents cause injuries to drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists. The violent collisions can far too often also result in fatalities.

The federal government's Distraction.gov website states that distracted driving includes a number of activities - many of them quite common.

Texting - the sending or receiving a text message is one of the most dangerous distractions. Although carmakers now routinely include hands-free Bluetooth technology in new cars, for those who own a car even a year or two old might be taking and making calls while holding the phone to your head.

For those of you who own newer cars, perhaps you think that your Bluetooth technology makes you safer. Unfortunately, that might not be true: a new AAA study says the hands-free technology also contributes to crashes.

Distraction.gov says any use of a smartphone while driving is a dangerous distraction.

Other listed distractions include eating, drinking, talking to passengers, checking and fixing your hair, using a GPS system and adjusting your radio or MP3 player. The site also lists "watching a video" as a distraction. Yes, believe it or not, but there are people actually watching videos while driving their vehicles.

For those injured by that kind of reckless, careless behavior, an experienced personal injury attorney can help clarify available legal options and then help you pursue full and fair compensation for damages.

Source: FourStatesHomePage.com, "New Study Finds Hands-Free Devices Can Cause Distracted Driving," Felicia Lawrence, Oct. 9, 2014



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